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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 02:25 pm
So I picked up a new icon and, due to major love for 2005 Pride and Prejudice & Fanfic Snape, I am loving it. Man, if HE played Snape I'd be all over him in seconds. Like ants to honey or bats to fruit. Or some other yummy food analogy. Ohh. Like Emily to a pho and sushi bar. Or Elaine to free cake! Or Esther to Korean BBQ. Or Ranger to Emily-boobs.

Read an article where Bill Nye says that all the smart guys get the chicks. I think he forgot to mention that the list goes:

Smart, Social, Handsome, Rich Guys
Smart, Handsome, Rich Guys
Smart, Social, Rich Guys
Smart, Handsome Guys
Smart, Social Guys
Smart, Nice Guys
Smart Guys

So,you see, nice guys don't finish last. Smart ones do. At least the ones who are only brain smart. Which, I gotta confess, I DO have a weakness for but I'm also lacking in social skills so that's alright. :)
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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 01:08 am
I just saw The Pianist (great movie, recommend to all) and it got me thinking about the absolutely inherent horror of a violent scene paired with incongruously cheerful or beautiful music. So basically, someone getting tortured to Gershwin jazz or a fluffy Mozart piece. The juxtaposition of humanity's darkest depravity and mankind's most uplifting form of expression is fairly creepy. Or maybe it's just me.

Try it sometime, though. Watch a horrible scene in a movie with an overly cheerful song on. Doesn't it strike you as fundamentally wrong? It's like a minor chord. You can just tell it's off.

Anyways, happier subject. British Pride and Prejudice Version 2.0 and Free Friends Friday along with nineteenth birthday makes for an interesting weekend. (Yippee Elaine!)
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Friday, November 25th, 2005 07:11 am
If a simple thing like a blow out Black Friday sale at Best Buy turns decent human beings into a wild savage stampede of rampaging, frothing madmen, I shudder to think what an apocalypse would result in.
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 05:44 pm
If I ever start a jam company I will name it Roly Poly Co. It just has a nice ring to it. Plus, imagine the company letterhead. :)

Or Maestro Jams. And name them after famous musical individuals. Rachmaninoff Raspberry. Blue Beethoven Berry. Stradivarius Strawberry.
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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 03:24 pm
So, Ferret had an awesome entry today about how we really can't know all of the possible changes that will come with the legalization of same sex marriages, and thus we shouldn't lie and say everything will be alright. And I agree. But that also got me to thinking of the line "To force change is to kill it." And I believe that also. Humanity has to ripen to change. You can help it along by dispersing knowledge and facts and your own opinions. But you can't grab the opposition, scream at them for days on end, and expect them to agree. They need to feel that the changes are for the better. Ideally, they need to feel, deep within their souls, that supporting the change is the right thing to do.

I hate it when people can't see that the opposition has a good argument, if it's a good argument. You don't have to agree with it, of course you have your own opinions and ethics, but you need to understand that the other person has a perfectly viable if disparate view. A good debate is one of the many joys of life but an argument with people who refuse to believe you might have a point to make is one of the many hells.

I like to believe I see both sides to a situation or an argument. I know I don't always and that it's something I need to work on. But, gods, wouldn't it be great if the majority of people could?
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Friday, November 11th, 2005 04:53 pm
So, I got spammed by a Christian dating service. Umm, hello? Me? Christian dating service? Might as well put me in a room with several very large bombs with several very large red buttons saying DO NOT PUSH. I and my Christian dating cohorts would explode within a matter of seconds:

e.g. Me: So, what do you think of same sex marriage?
Him: I believe it's morally wrong. Same sex union gives our children the idea that it's alright to be gay, and that's wrong.
Me: I'm actually a guy.
Him: . . .
Me: Just kidding. Actually, I'm not. I'm a hermaphrodite. What does God say about that?

Anyways. I'd hate to limit my dating choices just because someone isn't the right religion or race or something. If I'm gonna be selective, I'd rather be selective on criteria like humour, intelligence, Batman (you must appreciate the Batman, no choices there ), or cologne(I LOVE Acqua and Bulgari ).
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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 11:26 pm
So, my favorite community for crack (scans daily) had this awesome comic where Batman fights crime with a baby. Mows down gunners . . . with a baby. Drives a runaway bus . . . with a baby. Puts out a fire . . . with a baby. You get the idear. Then an awesome idea springs up in the comments, pondering the effects of an Infinite Baby Crisis, where every hero suddenly has to take care of a baby. And that's where this baby came to life. It's animated JLU universe, and it's only the original Justice League that's got the babies, but boy have they got the babies. Anyone want to beta? Anyone know where I can find a beta? This is my second attempt at fic ever so I definitely need the benefit of other eyes. :)
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Sunday, November 6th, 2005 02:09 pm
"Argh. I'm too short for this shit."
- Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 12:17 am
This is for you guys, Elaine and Anica. Cuz I said I would, and it's too funny.

Elaine: HA! She slapped the picture of your adulterous wife!
Matt: Magic sex beans.
Movie: There should be more to life than dispensing liver oil.
Anica: Nestle Tollhouse ( in a campy French accent)
Elaine: *wriggling arms* I'm Johnny Depp and I'm MYSTERIOUS!
Devon: Oh! Everyone's eating sinful chocolate and looking sinful.
Matt: Omigod . . . It's a naked chocolate woman!
Elaine: You could be Anica's unfortunate younger sister (to Matt)
Matt: It's a hormonal imbalance.

Thus conclude the Qoutes from the wonderful Night of Chocolate. :)
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Thursday, September 29th, 2005 11:48 am
Since the Smallville premiere, Serenity, AND Mirrormask are coming out this week, Amore di Libri is proud to present Esther's List of Top Ten Sexy Guys of Sexayness (from TV).

1. Captain Malcolm Reynolds
2. Spike
3. Batman from Justice League Unlimited
4. Clark Kent/Superman from Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
5. Max Evans
6. Quin Mallory
7. Lex Luthor
8. Greg House
9. Jack Bourdain
10. Captain Dylan Hunt

Okay, setting aside the facts that one of those characters is a cartoon, and 80% are sci-fi, fantasy, or comic related, I think it's a very good list. :)
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2005 10:29 pm
She sat at the desk, pondering her existence. With all the heartfelt emotion and passion of an eighteen year old out to discover herself, she mentally traced the boundaries in her life. Perhaps, if she traced over them enough times, they would eventually wear out. What place had logic in a process like this?

Probably somewhere between the monkeys and the birds. All those archaeologists and paleontologists and scientists and -ists making the connection twixt humans and animals. Just a matter of deciding which animals. Like it mattered. Perhaps, if they chose a mystical and majestic creature, the God fearing souls would have nothing to protest against.

Life came down to big perhaps-es. Lotsa them, too. Perhaps God made the universe. Perhaps the cake was too old to eat. Perhaps the world ended tomorrow. Perhaps . . . she was high and this was not her speaking. It sounded like the easy over thoughts of a melodramatic pothead, but she was pretty sure she never took drugs.

Perhaps she was just dreaming. Thinking about existence did that to you. Put you to sleep.
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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005 12:07 am
The problem with the concept of arranged marriages is that it's not a panacea, no more so than marriages made for love. Arranged marriages have a bad reputation because there have been and still are many people who feel obligated or trapped by the arrangements made on their behalf. An arranged marriage does have it's pros but it only works if the people getting married have a choice and a voice in all aspects of the situation. As Asians, it is right to respect a tradition that has resulted in many successful relationships, but as Asian-Americans, we must also remember that there are a great deal of different options outside of our inherent cultures.

Nowadays, there are still Asian-Americans whose parents believe in tradition and silent offspring. I have peers who trust their parents to make the right choices, and other peers whose parents do not bother to consult their children before offering a narrow selection of suitors.

And of course, an arranged marriage doesn't compare to girls being sold into slavery, but it doesn't diminish the suffering of those who are locked into marriages by the possible ostracization and utter disapproval of their entire cultural communities, let alone their families.

Arranged marriages are hardly unique. They've been occurring all over the world since the beginning of the concept of marriage.They're still occurring in much of Africa and the Middle East. Asian culture is not alone in carrying this tradition to the 21st century.

And as I pointed out to someone else, just because a marriage does not end in divorce does not mean the marriage is necessarily successful. If one or both spouses are continually unhappy in the relationship, I would mark that marriage as failed. Also, many arranged marriages in which a spouse is not fully committed do not end in divorce because the extent of stigma attached to the concept in his/her culture or community. I know girls who marryied immediately after graduating from high school into marriages with older men w/o the chance to discover their interests or abilities. The concept and tradition of arranged marriages should be respected but it should not be waved around as a cure-all or a good idea based on its status as a tradition. It was tradition to bind the feet of girls in Asia, thus crippling them, and it was tradition to place various items into the genitalia of men in certain South Asian countries centuries ago (for the pleasure of women). I doubt tradition is a good enough reason to support the binding of feet or people into painful positions.

There is no good call for arranged marriages.
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Friday, June 17th, 2005 10:44 pm
scans_daily is now my favorite community. It has Bats, Booster, J'onn, and Feisty Aunt May! It has half naked Logan, confused Logan, and defeated-by-Aunt-May Logan. It's got major comic book crack, and it's just daily fun and comics!

On the same geek-esque note, Batman Begins rocks my socks AND my pants off! Now, I just need to see Fantastic Four, Howl's Moving Castle (based on Diana Wynne Jones' book!), Superman Returns, Serenity, and X3.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2005 11:55 am
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Patience is a virtue.

I just thought that was funny. :)
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005 04:28 pm
Today is May 25th, the Day of the Glorious Revolution. If you have not read NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett, you will have absolutely no clue what I am speaking of. But if you have, let us take this day to remember those who fought for Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard Boiled Egg. They fought the fight that they did not have to fight. And did a bloody and bloody courageous job.
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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 03:42 am
Very disjointed stream of consciousness, because I'm an insomniac and I like to think there's something alive in a windy, moonlit night.

The orange city lights burn brighter than the moon. The artificial color displays a lone night wolf, stalking the streets, full of drink and rabidly attacking the aggressive cobblestone. Lights stretch as far as the eye can see and one wonders what we look like to the sisters on the Moon.

The cool velvet of the night sky glints occasionally as an airplane glides by. Bursts of wind claim the skin, then the meat under the flesh. My own threads of hair whisper across my face as I stare at the eternal sky and feel what it is to be alive for the moment. It is an ephemeral feeling but real and strong to the core. This rare occasion calls for song, but I know not to test my limits and instead offer up a silent homage. Whether the prayer finds its way to Freya for its appreciation of beauty or to Shiva for the understanding of destruction to create life, I will it to the gods,my silent worship of life and it's mysterious and contrary beauty.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 11:21 pm
Has anyone else seen Ocean's 12? If you haven't, stop reading it right now . . .

I warned you. Stop reading this post. . .

Unless you don't plan on ever watching it. . .

Yay for French Hotness! )

Listenin' to The A La Menthe, the song for the Laser Dance. ;)
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Monday, April 18th, 2005 11:34 pm
"I can't bloody well believe it! Of all the places! Of all the people! Stuck on an island with Malfoy!" Ginny raged. A lounging Draco watched as the fiery red head continued her determined stalk on the beach. She had been at it for the last twenty minutes, and frankly he was getting tired of it all. The afternoon sun held no mercy as it soaked the moisture out of Draco's mouth, leaving him with a parched throat and a small bout of dizziness. Not that he would ever admit it, especially not to a Weasley. Absolutely not to a female Weasley whose lithe curves were driving him crazier than his incessant thirst. . .

A small bit, but enough for Lee to bring down the thoroughly rude wrath of his avenging thoughts on fanfic. I think I might start to actually attempt to write fanfic, as opposed to just reading others' works and despairing of ever becoming half as good. Maybe I should join an RPG where I can work on developing a character and writing different situations? Ah, well. We shall see.
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Monday, April 18th, 2005 11:26 pm
Saturday night I went to a cast party for Boy Meets Girl where I met the most adorable and talented gay couple. One is a composing major at Peabody, and his older boyfriend is an artiste. God, I wish I could have taken either of the paths they did. The apartment in which the party was held was mind blowing, with some of my fave Pre-Raphaelite artists and the all of the walls painted a vibrant maroon with gold edging. Afterwards, a quick stop at a frat party to check up on Poonam. Then off to Nam Gang for some Korean food.

Met the gay couple again when I went to see the JHOP (Hopkins Theatre) production of Boy Meets Girl. John Astin (original Gomez in the Addams Family tv series, which I find to be very cool) was magnificent, as was the rest of the cast.

Listening to Gorillaz' new song Feel Good Inc. I missed them. :)
Maroon 5 concert was fun.